Driving around Joburg in a heavy summer storm can be pretty hazardous, even in a large SUV. So when I was handed the keys of the teeny Citröen C1 on Tuesday and the lightning split the sky 20 minutes later, I paled. In fact the flood of rain got so heavy, that my hand reached out for Uber on speed dial. But little should I have worried because my mini (and yes she has a bit of an echo of one ) steed came through Noah’s tea party, shining. I know it’s weird to talk about a car’s wind screen wipers but bear with me. A single blade sweeps across the front widescreen with such precision and effectiveness, that I found myself simply driving aimlessly in the rain , and stopping in side streets to watch this poetry in motion. But that’s not all she’s got. First debuted in March 2014 at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , C1 landed in the latter part of last year on local shores and immediately made a mark here because of her cute, stunning looks and respectable price and performance.
There’s a lot of improvement from her predecessor in the aesthetic department – she’s far more funky and colour coded and you know how important colour is for us girls.
There are eight body colours to confuse yourself with, including black, grey, brown white, blue and red and I have to say for me it’s a toss up between the black and red. Her wheels are super sexy too, coming in 14-inch or 15-inch wheel covers and 15-inch alloys.
The colour theme goes further with funky interiors like door panel colored inserts, giving the C1 a totally unique character – perfect for a modern urban fashionista. I have to say, although I really loved the wipers, the reverse park camera came in a very close second. HI teched and specced, the French just know how to make a girl happy.
By the way, if you want to actually know how the car will DRIVE, there’s a choice of two petrol engines including a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol VTi 82 unit with 61 kW/118 Nm and a claimed fuel consumption of 4.3-litres/100km and 99g/km CO2 emissions.
In a highly competitive entry level class, at logger heads with the Kia Picanto and Peugeot 107, I think the C1’s wipers decide it for me.
I would be lying to say that the crash in the red car hasn’t caused all sorts of problems and at times mayhem for me since it all went down exactly two months ago. But taking it all one day at a time, staying
clean and sober and going back to Narcotics c Anonymous meetings has given me the inner strength I have needed and am needing to navigate my
way through all this. And now for some fantastic news. On Thursday after long negotiations
with the station – the one and only
Sagie Moodley ( he from the hugely popular A word on cars ) and I will be kicking off with the fastest show in the airwaves THE JOY RIDE on Kaya FM 95.9 between 8-9pm. As they say as one boot slams another bonnet opens. Can’t wait to see you there.
On a recent on and off road launch I got to grips with the new rough tough Renault Duster.
THE CAR: With a tagline “It’s time for tough”, Renault means business with its latest SUV offering on the market. At a recent off and on road launch in the Cape I got to experience firsthand just how capable this SUV is. My pick? – the 1.5dCI with its 6 speed manual gearbox and turbo charged engine. With aplomb, it scaled cliff-like obstacles, knee deep dongas and anything else thrown in its path. Even I couldn’t distract it!
Out here cradled by Hellshoogte and off road tracks to test the new Renault Duster to her or should I rather say …his limits, I can see why the ad tag line for Renault’s new SUV is ” It’s time for tough”.
For under R200k…starting at R 194 000 in fact…the latest in the French manufacturer’s stable is sure to get both guys and girls reaching for their off road hats and heading into the bush, over rocks, valleys and rivers…
LOADS OF FEATURES
But it’s not just some rugged beefcake…The Duster’s big plus is that it also packs a whole lot of comfort features:
Standard offerings include aircon, anti-lock brakes with EBD, power-assisted steering, six-function on-board computer, front and side airbags, four power windows and two power external mirrors, remote-controlled central locking, reverse parking sensors, front fog lights, roof rails, body-coloured door releases and mirrors, 16” rims, CD/MP3/radio with Bluetooth connectivity and fingertip audio controls.
The Duster line-up will include a 4×4 offering and a diesel engine. Wild….go wild in the country.
Contrary to the PC sentiment that size doesn’t count, trust me after you have hit the steering of the Nissan Navara you’ ll agree with me ladies…it definitely does. The huger the vehicles I find myself in …read Defender, Range Rover, Ranger and now the Navara the more I enjoy the feeling of power and control…